Maria Taylor Makes NBC Sports Debut During Olympics Just Days After Leaving ESPN

ESPN’s Maria Taylor, an analyst and reporter at ESPN since 2014, is expected to join NBC Sports, where she will be part of the network’s Olympics coverage. (Associated Press)

Maria Taylor, a sports reporter who recently left ESPN after failing to reach a contract extension, is joining NBC Sports, the company announced Friday.

Taylor’s first assignment will be covering the Olympics, the network said. She was welcomed on air during NBC’s Olympics coverage.

Taylor left ESPN this week after her contract expired and after she and the network were unable to reach an agreement on an extension, they said in a statement from the company on Wednesday.

She will have host roles in coverage of the Olympics and the NFL, including becoming a host and contributor for “Football Night in America” and Super Bowls, NBC Sports said.

Taylor left ESPN weeks after The New York Times reported that colleague Rachel Nichols in a recorded phone call suggested that Taylor was picked to host last year’s NBA Finals because the network was under pressure to address its “crappy longtime record on diversity.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Phil Helsel